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The average rate on a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage was unchanged, the rate for the 15-year was unchanged and the 5/1 ARM rose four basis points, according to a NerdWallet survey of daily mortgage rates published Wednesday by national lenders. The average rate on the 30-year fixed is three basis points higher than one week ago. A basis point is one one-hundredth of one percent.
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A 15-year fixed-rate mortgage maintains the same interest rate and monthly payment over the 15-year loan period. The 15 year fixed-rate mortgage allows the borrower to pay off the mortgage faster and typically has a low interest rate. But monthly payments are usually higher than with other mortgages.
For most buyers, the main draw of a 15-year fixed-rate loan is the low interest rates and paying off your mortgage faster. It also offers stability and peace of mind because your monthly payment won’t change no matter what happens to inflation or market interest rates. However, remember that your monthly payments will be much higher and the loan may be harder to qualify for.